Westland lifts payout prediction

Westland Milk Products hopes its increased nutritional production at its Hokitika site will help provide a better payout for farmers.

Westland retains its payout for 2014-15 season but lifts its prediction for 2015-16

Top deer environment award

Central Hawke's Bay farmers George Williams and Laura Billings were presented with the Elworthy Environment Award at the deer industry conference in Napier.

1:23 PM  Central Hawke's Bay farmers win the deer industry's Elworthy Environment Award.

Cattle gallstones stolen

Queensland police have uncovered allegedly stolen cattle gallstones from a property in Toowoomba.

1:07 PM  A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

Live: Deer Industry Conference

The season of the deer roar is here.

Live coverage of day two of the 2015 Deer Industry Conference in Napier.

'Incredi-bull' honour

Fairmont Mint Edition is now in the LIC Hall of Fame.

Elite breeding bull recognised as one of the best by being inducted into LIC's prestigious Hall of Fame.

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opinion

Better off at Pak 'n' Save?

Dairy farmer Lyn Webster.

OPINION: A positive attitude is all very well and good but if the money ain't there, you can't last very long.

Rural communities face challenge

Our rural communities are well aware now of what the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants will actually mean.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

Our 'magic mantle' is something to celebrate

Fieldays

A world class agribusiness event

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected to flock to the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.

The countdown is on to this year's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

Young farmer has big future plans

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Six-time Timbersports World Champion, Jason Wynyard (Auckland), demonstrates his chainsaw skills at the Fieldays.

Chainsaws at the ready

Festival of Logging celebrates all things to do with chainsaws and has been a firm fixture at the Fieldays for more than 20 years.

dairy

Westland lifts milk payout prediction

Westland Milk Products hopes its increased nutritional production at its Hokitika site will help provide a better payout for farmers.

Westland retains its payout for 2014-15 season but lifts its prediction for 2015-16

Positive spin to gloomy dairy outlook

The gloomy dairy outlook had a positive spin off for Koromatua dairy farmers.

Jersey breeders discuss the breed at a new event.

Discuss jerseys together

Matamata jersey breeders are encouraged to join a discussion group focused on the cow breed.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Valuable cattle gallstones stolen and recovered

Queensland police have uncovered allegedly stolen cattle gallstones from a property in Toowoomba.

1:07 PM  A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

Different thinking pays off

Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

Fairmont Mint Edition is now in the LIC Hall of Fame.

'Incredi-bull' breeder into hall of fame

An elite breeding bull has been recognised as one of the best by being inducted into LIC's prestigious Hall of Fame.

Sheep

Perendale farmers gather for annual conference

Waitomo perendale stud breeder  Philip Brandon (left) talks to farmers over the fence at his sheepyards on his farm, which was  part of  a tour stop for perendale farmers at the Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand's annual conference held this year in the Waikato.

Perendale sheep breeders gather in Waikato for the breed society's annual conference.

Farmers urged to think environmentally

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

Sheep bring high spirits

A North Canterbury farmer arranges his sheep into roadside billboards - for laughs.

cropping

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

Exports put shine on apple crop

Improved international markets lift apple exporters' hopes from February's doom and gloom.

Woodhaven Gardens manager John Clarke.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

agribusiness

Murphy has two dogs on leaderboard

Steve Murphy, of Whangamomona, and Kei are on the long head leaderboard at the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Championships being held this week near Taihape.

2:16 PM  Taranaki's Steve Murphy has taken his good form from the South Island dog trial championships to the national event at Taihape. 

Wineries urged to cater for Chinese tourists

Marlborough wineries are being urged to cater for more Chinese tourists on top of increasing wine export sales.

Central Hawke's Bay farmers George Williams and Laura Billings were presented with the Elworthy Environment Award at the deer industry conference in Napier.

Top deer environment award winners named

1:23 PM  Central Hawke's Bay farmers George Williams and Laura Billings have won the deer industry's Elworthy Environment Award.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

rural women

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Video

10 products that flopped

Things haven't started well for Coke Life, but most new products fail.

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